Hometown Kid Makes Good–A New Site for R & R Landscaping

R&R Landscaping had but two employees in 2002–owner Bobby Read and his son Jim. Jimmy Read told the Holliston Reporter that when his dad unexpectedly passed away, Jim didn’t quite know what to do—go to college or continue in his dad’s business. With the help of John Cyzeski, Jim was able to keep the business going. (July 28th update) That small father/son business has grown over nearly two decades and now employs fifteen workers including Read.

Read reminisced about the early times, “We were working out of Mary Callahan’s old garage (a neighbor) and, to be honest, the business was struggling.” During the ensuing years, Read made do with storage space in his backyard, John Gagnon’s lot on Exchange Street, and more recently, the old Valpey/Fisher site on Highland Street.

The fence is to keep Jim out of worker’s hair.

“I’ve always wanted a site in town, something I could be proud of and show what we’ve [the company] accomplished over the years,” said Read.  His new building site is on Washington Street, directly across from the Weston Pond Soccer Field and on the corner of Hopping Brook Road in the Braggville section of town.

Jim is always doing business.

“The new site was affordable,” said Read.  Many sites in town were too big for his endeavor. In between calls from employees, and calls to the engineering firm and building inspector, Read wished to thank Titan Contractors and Mark Dellicker for helping him get the project under way. 

Hoping to put rumors to rest that the site would become a drive-thru coffee shop or hamburger joint, Read explained that his new 5000-square-foot building will include five drive-thru bays, an office, bathrooms, showers, (not his idea but state law) and a parking lot for employees’ cars. While Read had hoped for the building to be complete in time for fall clean-ups, he said he’ll be happy if his new headquarters is complete by Christmas.  

Read and his wife, the former Lyra Sawzin of School Street, live locally in Mudville.  

The Holliston Reporter wishes R&R best of luck in its new location.   

Bobby Blair


  1. John E. Gagnon on July 23, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Wishing you the very best James!
    Prediction, your team is going to grow in leaps and bounds!

  2. Sheila Love on July 23, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Bob would be so proud of what Jimmy has accomplished.Good luck Jim.

  3. Stacey Raffi on July 23, 2020 at 7:36 am

    Great story! Congratulations!!

    • Melissa Ford on July 24, 2020 at 11:20 pm

      Bobby would be so very proud of Jim snd how ge has built the business.
      Have utilized R and R landscaping for years!
      Effecient, always consistent , very nice young men who work for Jim. Great local company to do business with.

  4. Martha Ellis on July 23, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Congratulations, Jimmy. I’m so happy for you‼️I have followed you over the years watching your growth with all your hard work. Nice job!

  5. Erica Plunkett on July 23, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Congratulations! This is great news.

  6. Wendy Bruno on July 23, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Jimmy Read is one of the best guys around! So glad for him and his team! Can’t wait to see what the building looks like!! Good for you Jimmy!

  7. Henry Dellicker on July 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Congratulations Jim, you have worked hard to build your company and reputation. Jackie and I are very happy for you.

  8. Bob Maxcy on July 23, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Good going Jimmy. You’ll do well there, and your business will thrive…much easier operationally with a place of your own.

  9. fred mason on July 23, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Way to go Jimmy! Congratulations and good luck. I am sure your father is very proud.

  10. Marilyn Horn on July 23, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Congratulations, Jimmy! This is a great achievement and I’m sure your dad would be proud.

  11. Shelah Drezner on July 24, 2020 at 11:33 am

    This endeavor could not have happened to a nicer person. I wish you and Lyra the very best that life has to offer.

  12. Anne Ferrante on July 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Jimmy has mowed my yard and plowed my driveway for many years. The driveway is on an incline and narrow with no room to turn around. It is probably the most difficult ones he has to plow. . . so I’ve been told. If it weren’t for him, I would probably slide on to Route 16. Thanks for keeping me safe. All my best wishes to you on your new endeavor.

  13. Bill Mayer on July 24, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    You are the best.
    Job well done!!
    Bill Mayer

  14. Paul Guidi on July 30, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Congrats Jim and crew Well earned. Best of luck!

  15. Billy DeCoster on September 20, 2020 at 8:34 am

    Congratulations Jim. Your dad would be very proud. I used to work with your Dad when I worked for Joe Damigella at Holliston Oil when I was in my late teens. Bobby was so much fun to work with. I didn’t realize he had passed away several years ago. Bobby was a great guy. I was also good friends with Mary Callahan as I used to plant her double petunia’s in her back patio. Best of luck. Billy DeCoster

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